2011-12 Student Awards & Accomplishments

28 06 2012

Creative Writing

Scarlett McCarthy received a Silver Key for her Senior Portfolio in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The Young Arts Competition recognized Scarlett McCarthy with a Merit Award

Scholastic Art and Writing Award recognized Ariel Bevan, Whitney Aviles-Low, and Becky Hirsch with Honorable Mention awards.

Creative Communication: Kalinah White, Isaac Dwyer, and Becky Hirsch all had pieces accepted

Last year’s Faulkner-Wisdom Competition (Short Story by a High School Student):


  • 100% Apple Juice, Maria Alvarado, Idyllwild, CA
  • Limbo, Whitney Aviles-Low, Idyllwild, CA
  • My Father’s Voice, Amber Morrell, Chino Hills, CA
  • Pensioner Eaten by Rescued Strays, Isaac Dwyer, Idyllwild, CA Read the rest of this entry »

An Interview with Maddie Marlow-2012 MacNeal Award Winner

28 06 2012


A typical year in Maddie Marlow’s young life meant moving to another town. She found herself in the public schools of Ashland, Oregon her freshman year. It was her unhappiness there that compelled her to seek change. She was depressed, her personal life had its challenges and she hated school for its lack of art instruction.  She found Idyllwild Arts on the Internet; it appeared to be the perfect fit. The first year she applied there was not enough financial aid. She persevered and the second year all was in place. Maddie came to Idyllwild Arts Academy and her life took a 180 degree turn.

Idyllwild Arts became her home.  To Maddie, “home” implies where you breathe and exist. Idyllwild Arts is her family and community. Maddie started in the Creative Writing department and has a love for physics; however, her true passion is dancing. She knew that if she got the opportunity to be in the dance department she would have to work.  Work hard she did. Maddie became so successful she landed the title role in the ballet Cinderella. She was president of the senior class, president of the National Honors Society, writing tutor, Admission’s tour guide, and prefect in Husch Dormitory. In addition to her dance performances on campus, she was one of three students who performed 13 shows of Nutcracker with the Claremont Pacific Inland Ballet. This year, Maddie graduates from Idyllwild Arts and will be honored with the MacNeal Award. Read the rest of this entry »

Jazz Combo Wins first place honors at Reno Jazz Festival

28 06 2012

The Idyllwild Arts Academy Jazz Combo won first prize at this year’s Reno Jazz Festival. What makes this accomplishment amazing is that this year’s IAA Jazz Combo had only one returning musician from last year’s ensemble (which tied for 2nd place). This year’s returning member was guitarist Lake Jiroudek and he was joined by Mary Duffy, bass, Luca Jacaruso, piano and Max Kazakov, drums. It’s even more impressive when you consider that Luca and Max were 10th graders joining far more seasoned senior players Lake and Mary.

The Reno Jazz Festival is the largest and most prestigious jazz festival in the western US. This very competitive and high profile festival features high schools, middle schools, and colleges who bring their Big Bands, Combos, and vocal ensembles to compete. Schools from all across the western United States come to compete with one competitor coming from New South Wales, Australia. Since its first year in 1962, the festival has brought to Reno both talented students and renowned professional artists. Read the rest of this entry »